Rather than give a black and white depiction of what hard drugs did to his past life, Damon Albarn recently opened up about his mixed experiences with the drug heroin. The Britpop singer who rose to prominence in the nineties said that “heroin freed me up”.
Though the Blur member is well aware of its dangers, he also feels it made him “incredibly productive”. His routine at the time was “"five days on and two days off”. He furthered this saying “I hate talking about this because of my daughter, my family. But, for me, it was incredibly creative.
“A combination of heroin and playing really simple, repetitive s**t in Africa changed me completely as a musician. I found a sense of rhythm. I somehow managed to break out of something with my voice”.
The beginning of his relationship with the drug did not come about out of some turmoil-fuelled past, but out of simple curiosity. Having finished a tour and come home to find the drug freely available in his own front room, he tried it out without much consideration.
He explained “I just thought, 'Why not?' I never imagined it would become a problem”. Despite such unwavering decisions, he now recognises “It's a cruel, cruel thing […] Heroin does turn you into a very isolated person and ultimately anything that you are truly dependent on is not good.”